It wasn’t long ago that technologies depicted in sci-fi films and futuristic TV shows seemed farfetched and out of this world. Iconic scenes, such as the Star Trek crew using ‘personal access data devices’ (today commonly known as tablets) and USA Today’s media drone filming Griff Tannen’s arrest in Back to the Future II, seemed unbelievable at the time and stood out for their daring creativity. Today, thanks to recent technological advances, many of the fantastical technological visions of the past are becoming reality.
Aeryon Labs Inc. says it is trusted by military, public safety and energy customers around the world for small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) and end-to-end solutions that deliver life and resource saving, actionable aerial intelligence. Headquartered in Waterloo Ont., Aeryon’s industrial-grade, field-proven sUAS solutions are used across a wide range of applications.
The history about Inuit special constables with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) has never been published before. After learning about two family members who held such roles, I am on a mission to rectify this and take a closer look at our collective family of Inuit special constables — specifically those from Nunavut.
As one of Canada’s largest metropolitan areas, Vancouver is a popular destination for new immigrants to the country. And it’s no wonder, given its wealth of natural beauty, cosmopolitan appeal and multicultural background. As of 2011, the National Household Survey by Statistics Canada found that Vancouver was home to 913,310 immigrants, with over 155,125 newcomers having arrived between 2006-2011.
In law enforcement today, there is a certain emphasis placed on training for active threats (shooters), and rightly so. In the current climate these adversaries, as that is how they will be referred to in this article, seem to be very busy. Las Vegas and Sutherland Springs, Texas, are two recent locations that come to mind for such heinous acts. There is a lot of training the law enforcement community goes through, all of it to prepare us to deal with these types of incidents. Unfortunately, you cannot train for every venue.
In June 2011, a robbery occurred at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ont., resulting in the loss of thousands of dollars. Department of University Safety (DUS) officers used closed caption television video (CCTV) to locate and follow the suspect vehicle as it left campus. However, they were unable to obtain a clear licence plate, so they couldn’t identify the car or the driver. Follow-up investigation led to the identification, arrest and subsequent convictions of the suspects — but not until a month later. Simply having a licence plate number would have saved a lot of time and effort. This incident resulted in a review of Carleton’s CCTV deployment strategis.
It’s hard to remember exactly what happened. There was a bright flash followed by a loud bang and somehow you ended up on the ground. You reach for the source of pain and are surprised to find blood seeping through your uniform. Thankfully, backup is right behind you, EMS is ten minutes away and the nearest fully equipped trauma room is 30 minutes down the road.
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